This is the fifth entry in the GOTM Practice Series. The goal of all the entries in this series is to not only to describe practice drills, but also make sure you know how to practice with the right mental attitude, something just as important as the physical act.
Talking Head Range Critique
When hitting balls on a range, pretend there’s an entire crew of talking heads from the Golf Channel who are critiquing your swing and talking about how bad you are at golf.
Some videos to use as an example of what I’m talking about.
I could watch Tiger’s on the range all day.
What to Focus On
In all seriousness though, at the US Open this year, we were treated to multiple days with videos of Tiger hitting at the range where the “analysts” at the Golf Channel talked about how much Tiger sucks and what he needs to do better because clearly the people on TV know more about what Tiger needs to do than Tiger himself /s.
But for a second, imagine that you were Tiger (I know right?) and you knew there were cameras with ShotTracker following every shot, and a studio of people commenting on your bad swings. Pretty sure you’d concentrate a little more. And that’s the goal with this drill. When hitting balls on a range, you want to be focused on every swing, something that’s difficult to do when you’re at the range alone, or hitting balls before a round “just warming up”.
Assuming you’re not a Tour pro you have a limited number of balls to hit on a range, and you need to take advantage of them. This is a good way to trick your mind to focusing on every shot.